Residents can now keep up to date with what’s happening at Lambeth Council through a new Ipad and Android app.
The council’s public agendas and minutes are now accessible via the app which is free to download.
Councillor Paul McGlone, Lambeth’s cabinet member for finance and resources, said:
“We want to make the council as open and accessible as possible, and we’ve already started using twitter to tweet key decisions ‘as they happen’ at council meetings.
“This new app is another way that we are embracing new technology to make council meetings more accessible, and adapting decision making to the way people want to access information.”
The app allows anyone to annotate agendas by underlining, highlighting and writing notes as you would on paper copies. It will cut down on the need for printing paper agendas.
How it works.
Newly published meeting packs will be automatically downloaded every time you start the app.
The downloaded documents will be stored on the app so you can view and annotate them, whether you are online or not.
By default, downloaded documents are stored for three months, after which time they will be automatically deleted. You can adjust the duration that documents are held between 1 and 6 months. You can swipe any single document to explicitly delete it.
The embedded annotation tool on the iPad app provides navigation by bookmark or page number, text searching, add note, highlight, underline and a free text drawing tool.
The ‘What’s new’ option allows you to quickly see the latest published documents.
The Annotated documents option allows you to quickly see those documents you have annotated.
An ‘email option’ allows you to email any document, with or without you annotations. This feature uses the email account configured on your iPad.
The app works on most Android Phones and Tablets (operating android version 2.1 or higher) and currently only works on the Apple iPad although support for the iPhone is being developed.
People can follow council meetings on twitter @lbldemocracy or on Facebook, Lambeth Council – Democracy Live
The app is free to download from: the Apple website and Google Play.